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"The Sea" deconstruction
Transcript of "The Sea" deconstruction
Giant and grey.
He rolls on the beach all day.
With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws.
Hour upon hour he gnaws,
the rumbling, tumbling stones,
and ‘Bones, bones, bones, bones!’
The giant sea dog moans,
licking his greasy paws.
And when the night wind roars
and the moon rocks in the stormy cloud,
he bounds to his feet and snuffs and sniffs,
shaking his wet sides over the cliffs,
and howls and hollows long and loud.
But on quiet days in May and June,
when even the grasses on the dune
play no more their reedy tune,
with his head between his paws
we lies on the sandy shores,
So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores.
James Reeves The Sea Metaphor is the main technique
used in the poem - the comparison
is between a 'dog' and the 'sea'. This extended
metaphor is carried throughout the poem The sea is a hungry dog. metaphor - the sea 'is' a hungry dog.
The word "hungry" connotes unpredictability and
wildness. Giant and grey. Alliteration "G" He rolls on the beach all day. Personification - the sea "rolls' like a dog With his clashing teeth and shaggy jaws gives an impression of danger and size. The image of a
dog is reinforced by the words "shaggy jaws". onomatopoeia enjambment is used when no punctuation marks are used
to end the line. This is also called 'run-on' lines. Hour upon hour he gnaws Repetition is used to give an impression
of time "gnaws" = chewing the rumbling, tumbling stones, assonance - "rumbling, tumbling" and 'bones, bones, bones, bones'! Repetition and punctuation marks add
emphasis. The dialogue mirrors the incessant
sound of the waves rolling onto the shore. The giant sea-dog moans,
licking his greasy paws. metaphor dog's behaviour mirrors the tides
of the sea. And when the night wind roars personification - "roars". Gives an
impression of violence. And the moon rocks in the stormy cloud, storm / violent weather He bounds to his feet and snuffs and sniffs
shaking his wet sides over the cliffs, onomatopoeia, alliteration, sibilence "shaking his wet sides over the cliffs" - mirrors the waves crashing against the cliffs in a storm. and howls and hollows long and loud. assonance and
alliteration sounds of the beach/wind/waves But on quiet days in May and June, the word "but" signals
a change seasons When even the grasses on the dune
play no more their reedy tune, Personification - the grass playing music With his head between his paws
he lies on the sandy shores. sibilance/alliteration The sea is calm So quiet, so quiet, he scarcely snores. repetition sibilance of the 's' - the sounds mirrors the
peace and calmness of the sea 'sleeping'.